Call for RCE Applications

The United Nations University has announced its call for applications for new Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE).

The Ubuntu Alliance, in its meeting in April 2006 in Yokohama, established the Committee of Peers for RCEs. This Committee reviews applications for new RCEs and provides recommendations to UNU during the RCE acknowledgement process. The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) acts as Secretariat of the Ubuntu Alliance. 154 RCEs have been acknowledged globally as of November 2016.

Organisations that are interested in initiating the RCE process and applying to become an RCE are requested to send submit an application and an application summary by 28 April, 2017 to UNU-IAS.  Below is the schedule for RCE application procedures in this year. Please note that this is schedule may be subject to change.

Due date

Process of application submission

1 February (Wed)

Open call for application

28 April (Fri)

Submission of the first draft application and application summary

16 June (Fri)

Comments from the Global RCE Service Centre and Peer Reviewers

8 September (Fri)

Submission of the final draft application and application summary

November (TBC)

12th Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs

The application summary should be in the following format. It is important that all required information is provided. Please refer to the Guidelines for RCE Applications for full details. You can find sample applications of acknowledged RCEs below.

Sample Application 1 - RCE Greater Portland

Sample Application 2 - RCE Bordeaux

Applications should be sent electronically to the Global RCE Service Centre at For resources on the benefits of being an RCE member please visit our resources centre here.